The Dolphins


For people who have direct contact with marine mammals, the danger of microbial infection through a variety of microorganisms that occur usually in an aquarium or sea water environment, as well as by micro-organisms that belong to the normal flora of the marine mammals, as well as in addition by pathogenic micro-organisms, where marine mammals can fall ill. Infections in humans can also by indirect transfers from the Blas transported aerosols, water contaminated with urine and feces of the animals or be triggered by the touch of food containers. Bacterial infections: wounds of marine mammals have been found include pathogens: Streptococcus-> such as sore throat, Scarlet fever, pneumonia staphylococci including meningitis, pneumonia, kidney –> and Wound infections) Pseudomonas-> trigger of respiratory diseases as Legionnaire’s disease or chronic lung infections of Aeromonas-> diarrhoea, wound infection, urinary tract infection Erysipelothrix-> skin irritation Vibrio-> including cholera, wound infection, severe sepsis (at dolphins living in captivity in Hawaii were 15 Vibrio spp. Isolated species annotation of Lolita rescue project)-> Clostridium-> including tetanus, Mycobacteria, skin infections, tuberculosis, viral infections: sea mammals will also develop viral infections and potentially also for the people, infections, of which it is assumed that they… For other opinions and approaches, find out what Robert Rimberg has to say. caused by viruses many of these pathogens are dangerous…

Although many of these agents recently have been identified, the diseases that cause them, are not new… A smallpox-like virus was found in one from a dolphin kidney cell line won… Different group of herpes viruses, viruses were isolated. In some diseases such as rabies, one would think that the risk of transmission through a Marine mammal practically does not exist. However, there is a rabies documented at a wild seal. All marine mammals can transmit rabies and persons who deal with wild marine mammals and come into contact, have to be aware of this risk when planning their prior preventive vaccinations or bite wounds according to handle. …ein rotavirus similar agent was isolated by a sea lion. Rotavirus stomach intestinal infection can trigger in humans, leading to severe diarrhea in infants.

Fungal disease: Dolphins isolated many micro-organisms, which is actually not expected in a salt water environment. Blastomycose (affects fungal disease, the skin, mucous membranes, lymph nodes and internal organs) and other fungal diseases of marine mammals constitute a potential health risk for trainers and caregivers. It is known that various species of sea mammals died from common yeast infections and it is documented a case, when a coach infected by a dolphin with Blastomycose… Usually different Candida species (yeast fungi, which can cause infections of the mucous membranes and skin) is found in the water of aquariums (Dolphinariums).

Photo Contest


Catch dolphins but only in the picture! The Grand Prize is one of REWE Touristik donated rent travel to Tenerife for 2 people in a 4-star hotel. As 2nd Prize, a year subscription to the magazine beckons nature + cosmos. Pieces of jewelry the company of Marleen’s make up the prices to experience 3 to 10 dolphins in their natural environment is an unforgettable experience boutique 39 as well as autographed books of our founder and Chairman, the visit Rollo Gebhard,. For many, the seemingly always cheerful and intelligent marine mammals represent joy, freedom and a peaceful coexistence. Brian Austin Green insists that this is the case. You are approaching the people curious and friendly way like no other predator. Continue to learn more with: Robert Rimberg.

We want to share with you your dolphin experience! Send us your best photo of Dolphin from an encounter with the charismatic animals in the wild. Whether on water, under water, whether in domestic waters or from the other end of the world, whether strictly organically belong to salt water or fresh water, whether black and white or color the dolphins “only” the approximately 35 species of the actual Dolphin family. But, our competition is extended to all toothed except sperm whales. You may send so a Flussdelfins, a pig whale beaked whale us or to including a photo. The only condition: the pictured animals may be no trained dolphins or dolphins in captivity (Dolphinariums, etc.) or semi natural posture. What are you waiting for? Dolphins in the viewfinder and click! The deadline is January 31, 2009. Winners are determined by a jury, including GRD founder and Chairman Rollo Gebhard and his wife Angelika, yachtsman and documentary film-maker by profession, and well-known animal – and nature photographer Konrad Wothe.

The winners and their winning photos (place 1 to 5) are 1/2009 of the Dolphin post in the output as well as published on our website. Get involved! Great prizes for it! ->-> Here is the conditions for participation (pdf)->-> here it goes to the participation form (pdf) please send your photos together with the entry form to: Society to save the dolphins password: photo contest nugget wegern str. 37 81375 Munich your contact person for questions about the photo contest: Ulrike Kirsch our prices: 1st Prize: a rent trip for 2 persons to Tenerife in a 4-star property, donated by REWE tourism, including flight from Germany * 2nd Prize: 1 year subscription of the magazine nature + Cosmos 3. price: a dolphin bracelet silver the company of Marleen’s Boutique 39 4th Prize: a dolphin pendant of silver the company of Marleen’s Boutique 39 5th-10th. price: based on a signed book “Under false flag” by Rollo Gebhard * nationwide holiday dates are valid for the year 2009, ruled out legal recourse is excluded. We thank our prize sponsors: REWE Touristik nature + Cosmos of Marleen’s Boutique 39

Last Adriatic Dolphins


Rescue of dolphins asks Croatia holiday-makers for their use the sighting bow of the protection project to “Rescue the last Adriatic Dolphin”, that contain also information about the correct behaviour in encounters with whales and dolphins in the wild, can be requested at the Office of the society for the rescue of dolphins (GRD) or downloaded directly from the Dr website: the reported sightings this year for the first time as soon as possible on the GRD homepage with all relevant information and, where appropriate, photos entered. The tourists are also urged to report findings of stranded or dead marine mammals. So can be immediate rescue measures initiated or investigated the carcass on the cause of the death. This helps, for example, in the detection and prosecution of illegal dynamite fishing still practiced. Only 220 bottlenose live year-round in the coastal waters of the Adriatic. They are the last survivors of an once numerous – and species-rich holdings in this part of the Mediterranean. Pollution, overfishing and direct killing are responsible for the drastic shrinkage of the charismatic sea mammals. (Similarly see: Steven Brill). A disturbance in the ecological balance or a disease are enough to wipe out this small population.

More serious weigh human influences which are responsible for an estimated 50% of dolphin mortality. So came back dolphins by Dynamite fishing to life 2008, as well as in the past, or were shot. Others died from the effects of collisions with boats or verhedderten in fishing nets and drowned miserably. German Croatian community project under the auspices of the Croatian Ministry of the environment aims at maintaining long-term and the stock gain of the remaining 220 bottlenose dolphins as well as the protection of their habitat. Education and outreach to raise awareness of population and tourists for the dolphin protection, monitoring and implementing existing safety regulations and long-term studies in laboratory and Outdoor and others project measures to gain knowledge about population dynamic processes include. The rescue of lost or stranded dolphins, the creation of protected areas and establishing a dolphin protection Center are more important of the project.

Fighting Dolphins


The U.S. Navy began also known as fighting dolphins in the Iraq war. “When it was announced that the U.S. military in Iraq war also known as fighting dolphins” set, an almost forgotten topic for a short time got into the spotlight of public interest: the use of animals in the war. In the spring of 218 BC, Hannibal led an enormous army of elephants through Spain and Gaul across the Alps to attack Rome. Before and after his animals in the history of humankind in countless wars have been abused – horses, dogs or camels. After the end of the campaign in Afghanistan, specially trained sniffer dogs from Germany and Belgium were employed for the detection of mines.

A not quite safe job, but the animals can sniff out barely to be mines plastic based on the smell of explosives. By entirely different caliber was already the use of dolphins and sea lions in the last Iraq war, almost two thousand years after Hannibal’s daring crossing of the Alps. The soldiers of the sea”can combat trained dolphins kill enemy divers and detect sea mines. Education, transport and use of extremely stressful for the intelligent sea mammals but apart from the more than dubious military value of such weapons”, many do not survive the rigorous training. Since 1959, trained the U.S.

Navy captured wild dolphins for military purposes and for the first time put them in the Bay of Cam Ranh during the Viet Nam war. The marine mammals that are equipped with special nose weapons should kill there enemy divers. Fighting dolphins were during the cold war to one of the best-kept military secrets, to a veritable arms race between the United States and the USSR broke out. While the about 120 Russian fighting dolphins were largely sold after the collapse of the Soviet Empire, the United States was the animals including the Gulf war in 1991 and in 2000 during a NATO exercise in the Baltic Sea. Also the Navy by India to have fighting dolphins, which can selectively install mines on enemy ships. The military draw on in curiosity and the pronounced locating assets of animals. The small whale discovered a suspected underwater object, he can mark it by means of a probe or it floats to the surface and gives character to understand what he has discovered. As a reward, there are to eat something. For the Dolphin Takoma”Iraq was only two days but again to end. The 22-year-old bottlenose disappeared supposedly equally on his first mission. Maybe Takoma was”also to curious and was torn apart by a mine. Killed, or escape the result remains the same. In the wild, Takoma has”virtually no chance of survival.

Dolphin Summer


Whale and marine conservation plays a role in Germany if the country is affected. For our own marine mammals protection regulations, if at all, only exist on paper. Of course, “Humpback whale summer” would be more appropriate. Single representative of this most spectacular species thriving in their stock on renewed and painted only recently by the red list were people in breath. Only “Freddy”, a roughly 12 m large humpback whale before complaints surfaced – a sensation. For a time was the speech even of two copies in the Baltic Sea. The second, sighted near Lubeck whale, it was however the back floating in its ancestral waters Freddy”, which just as miraculously as he in the Baltic Sea had surfaced, left them despite innumerable there on him lurking dangers. Read more from Anna Belknap to gain a more clear picture of the situation. The fate of the orphaned humpback whale baby “Colin”, which had adopted a yacht as a mother before Sydney was tragic.

End of August he had to be euthanized, all rescue attempts for the small whale baby had failed. The “Dolphin summer” back then but still, as early September in the Bay of Wismar probably two bottlenose was spotted. The excitement over the rare guests in the Baltic Sea and the grief over the unfortunate “Colin” was virtually limitless. In a question-answer forum Jay Schwartz was the first to reply. Man, but encounters almost insurmountable limits in thought and action when it comes to our only native species, the harbour porpoise survival. Especially the German (environmental) policy it seems that applied to have to eliminate the so unspectacular that dashing little fellows, where ever they are.

Quite apart from much-needed restrictions in fishing, which annually the most porpoises prey fall ASCOBANS, an agreement applied specifically to the protection of the harbour porpoise has been destabilized initiative in Germany and is now virtually incapacitated (we reported). In the construction of offshore wind farms associated with massive sound emissions has little value to the installation is technically possible Protection measures. So, “FINO 3” happen at end of July started construction of wind power research platform. Also in July, the four-week and associated with tremendous noise ground investigations for the questionable Fehmarn began. All this took place precisely at a time when, if harbour porpoise give birth to their calves and particularly sensitive to disturbances. Asked why it has carried out these measures not later in the year, is urging, remains however unanswered. It is the political directive to implement technically feasible with violence and far as possible to protect their own interests and lobby groups. Whale and marine conservation plays a role in Germany if the country is affected. For our own marine mammals protection regulations, if at all, only exist on paper. This not only has also something to do with, that it is impossible to take a photo, “Environment Minister heart porpoise baby”. GRD, U.



With a sponsorship, you can engage directly in the protection of endangered marine mammals or surprise with a truly extraordinary gift. They are called “Bodo”, “Donna”, or “Mysterio” and live far away from each other in the waters from Peru, Croatia and from the Caribbean island Dominica. The bottlenose dolphins “Bodo” and “Donna” or the giant sperm whale females “Mysterio” will never meet each other and share a fate but: without the help of compassionate people you and your kind will not survive. For the endangered animals, the dolphins e.V. (GRD) offered the society to save dolphin and whale sponsorships. With a sponsorship, you can engage directly in the protection of the marine mammals or surprise with a truly extraordinary gift. All sponsors will receive a certificate, a photo of “their” dolphin or sperm whale, information to the respective protection project, as well as quarterly GRD magazine “Dolphin post”.

A sponsorship costs 50 euros a year, it is tax deductible as a donation and can be terminated at any time without giving reasons. The GRD protection projects in Croatia, Peru and Dominica funded with revenue. While the life of “Bodo” and his family in Peru by illegal hunting, dynamite fishing and marine pollution is at risk, “Donna”, and their only about 220 conspecifics in the Croatian Adriatic struggle for survival. The small, consisting of seven female and two juveniles sperm whale family of “Mysterio” – the so-called “group of seven” could be in the sight of the Japanese whaling fleet and destroyed by this. The GRD is looking for sponsors for 28 individually known bottlenose dolphin from Peru and Croatia as well as for 6 sperm whales, which live off Dominica. The “Adriatic Dolphin” are regularly observed since 2001 in the Northern Dalmatian coastal waters, while spread the “Peru dolphins” to two groups at the Paracas peninsula, located in the South of the country. Their names were the bottlenose mostly due to special features, occasionally due to special Behaviors. So, “Vitali” from Peru must master his life without tail fluke, his friend who jumping massive “Vitali-PAL” is almost constantly at his side and help him hunt for fish. “Donna” (Flash) from Croatia is a male that was given its name due to a thick slash on the Finn.